USF player cut from football team after road-rage shooting

Veteran USF defensive back Hassan Childs was injured overnight in a shooting in Tampa

Police in Tampa, Florida claim a local college football player was shot in an alleged road rage incident on Saturday.

Bulls coach Charlie Strong also released a statement on Sunday, saying the team was "deeply concerned" about the overnight incident.

"I had a chance to speak with him", Strong said, via the Tampa Bay Times.

Police state that Jimenez claimed Childs pointed a gun at him while he was in his auto with his wife and child. As a result, the man in the other vehicle, Jovanni Jimenez, shot Childs three times. Jimenez says Childs pulled out a gun and pointed it at him, his wife and his child before Jimenez fired his weapon. Childs was reported to be in stable condition and USF says no one else was injured in the incident.

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Hassan faces three charges of aggravated assault and one count of possession of marijuana under 20 grams. The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office will determine the latter based on its investigation. It ended with Childs and Jovanni Jimenez, 26, in the parking lot of a Tampa apartment complex.

Hassan Childs, 22, a senior defensive back from Kissimmee, was shot three times in the incident at Eagles Point Apartments in the 14000 block of 46th Street, just north of the USF Golf Course. In February 2012 he was arrested on misdemeanor charges of opposing an officer without violence, which he later pleaded no contest to.

"Thankfully, Hassan is. being well cared for", Strong said in a statement that afternoon.

Childs has no criminal record in Florida.

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